VIDEO: Pageant Winner’s Unique Friend Steals the Show
Alison Appleby of Texas was crowned Miss Dallas Teen USA 2022 after she was allowed to compete with her service dog Brady. Appleby suffers from epilepsy and also has autism. The 17-year-old expressed how she would have considered it impossible previously for a disabled person to win.
Appleby told Fox News Digital that she was completely shocked by the outcome as this had been her first time competing. She added that she had only gotten her dress three days before the pageant and had no idea of exactly what it was she was doing.
She said that initially her goal was to compete with her service dog so that she could bring awareness to people and show that it was possible for someone with a disability to do it. She also stated that the whole thing was frightening to her, but having her dog by her side really helped.
During the crowning ceremony, Appleby was not the only one to receive a crown, as Brady also got his very own crown. However, he was not the biggest fan of the crowd which he tried to shake off immediately.
Miss Dallas pageant director Jennifer Ortiz has said that crowning the two of them was a “fantastic” experience. She said that Appleby was exceptional and very intelligent in the answers she gave. She amazed the judges and appeared to be a “phenomenal woman all the way around.”
This week, Alison Appleby was crowned Miss Dallas Teen USA.
Alison has epilepsy, and when she won, her service dog, Brady, was by her side the entire time.
They even gave him his own tiny crown.
— Goodable (@Goodable) October 13, 2022
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